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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.) 

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA, APTA sections and academies, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies. None of the CPGs were written by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II, or AGREE II, conducted by a team of experts.

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American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cannabis and Cannabinoid-Based Medicines in the Management of Chronic Pain and Co-Occurring Conditions

March 27, 2023 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Cancer, Chronic Pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Disorders

Respiratory Management of Patients With Neuromuscular Weakness

March 13, 2023 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lung Conditions, Muscular Dystrophy, Respiratory Conditions, Myasthenia Gravis

APTA: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Exercise-Based Knee and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Prevention [2023 Update]

January 21, 2023 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions

Hip Fracture: Management [NICE CG124]

January 6, 2023 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Hip Conditions

APTA: Cancer Related Fatigue Screening and Assessment Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG+)

January 4, 2023 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Cancer

APTA: Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy and Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy: Lateral Elbow Pain and Muscle Function Impairments

December 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Elbow Conditions

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain – United States, 2022

November 4, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain

ESC/ERS 2022 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension

October 7, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Cardiac Conditions, Hypertension

Treatment Guideline for Foot and Ankle

October 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Foot Conditions, Occupational Injuries

The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2020, Version 2.68

October 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology Clinical Practice Guideline: Developing a Diabetes Mellitus Comprehensive Care Plan - 2022 Update

August 10, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18), Aged (65+), Young Adult (19-24), Preschool Child (2-5)
Condition & Symptoms: Diabetes Complications